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    • 05 Mar 2015
    • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM (EST)
    • Newport News Marriott at City Center 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News, VA 23606

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    Let Us Break Bread Together: Using Food in your Recipe for success!

    Thursday, March 5, 2015
    11:00am - 1:30pm


    Newport News Marriott at City Center
    740 Town Center Drive
    Newport News, VA 23606

    Click here to register

    Speaker:  Chris Young

    Click here to learn more about the speaker


    How much strategy do you employ when planning menus?  Are you curating a story, taking advantage of a captive audience to share things about your history, culture, lifestyle or geography?  Are you doing everything you can to use food and beverage as a powerful essential tool in your work?  This funny, practical presentation explores how we should approach food and beverage...what we should consider in our menu planning and development... who should be involved in the process... and why food matters in the first place. 

    Learner Objectives:
    1. Curate a story via a meal, taking advantage of a captive audience in order to build a long-term relationship. 
    2. Consider and navigate trick restrictions based on religion, culture or medical necessity. 
    3. Create memorable moments at the table... but keep to a tight budget. 
    4. Fully integrate the entire meal operation, from drafting and sourcing to ultimate service.
    CMP Blueprint:
    Domain G: Meeting or Event Design; Skill 16: Coordinate Food & Beverage Services (1.5 Clock Hours)

    Schedule

     9:30am - 11:00am       Board Meeting
     11:00am - 11:30am     Registration & Networking
     11:30am - 12:30pm     Lunch
     12:30pm - 1:30pm       Education

    Overnight Accommodations
    Call 866-329-1758 for reservations and ask for the VAMPI group block. Reservations must be made by February 13th, 2015 to guarantee group rate of $89.00.
    Book your group rate for VAMPI

    Event Cancellations must be submitted in writing to:

    ceer@paragon-group.com
    Cancellation penalties do apply:
    Cancellation penalties outside 30 days from event date: $10
    Cancellations within 30 days from event date: $25
    Cancellations within 3 days of event date: No Refund



    Chris Young
    Speaker

    Chris Young, a native of Fitzgerald, Georgia, is a sought-after keynote speaker and trainer, featured presenter, and subject-matter expert in leadership and organizational dynamics, international protocol, cross-cultural literacy, and global business etiquette. His clients include Fortune 500 companies; major universities; national, state, and municipal governments; chambers of commerce and economic development agencies; professional associations; and global sporting events.

    For seven years, he led Protocol & Diplomacy International – Protocol Officers Association (PDIPOA), the worldwide professional organization for those in those related fields, as its elected president. During his tenure, the organization increased its membership almost 400% to include people from 30 nations. Today he serves as the past president and chair of the committee on governance and ethics.

    In August 2014, he was honored by his peers from around the world with the PDI-POA Ann Beard Achievement Award, the highest in his profession.  By day, he serves as the Executive Director of CIFAL Atlanta, an arm of the United Nations’ Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), and is a Fellow with UNITAR.  The center focuses on capacity building for local governments and civil society leaders, with programmatic emphases on economic development, water, STEM education, and disaster preparation and recovery. Its work largely targets emerging democracies and economies within the Americas.

    Mr. Young’s career also includes service as the Executive Director of The Protocol School of Washington and Chief of Protocol and Director of International Affairs for the State of Georgia, the latter of which he started and operated for two successive administrations. His work has taken to him to almost 100 countries. Over the past decade, Mr. Young has organized visits for over 200 presidents, vice presidents, ministers, and ambassadors, as well as planned and executed more than 50 full-scale international business development trips. During his tenure with the State, he liaised directly with the international consular corps and trade community in Georgia, which, under his stewardship, enjoyed unparalleled growth, over 60%.

    In 2010, Georgia Trend magazine tapped him as one of the State’s “40 Under 40,” Georgia’s forty rising stars and influential leaders under the age of forty. Mr. Young graduated with highest honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology, entering as a President’s Scholar and earning a BS degree in History. He also studied at Oxford University (Worcester College) in the United Kingdom. He received his law degree (Juris Doctor), with honor, from the University of Georgia. In 1999 he was appointed as a nationally prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholar. In March 2006, Mr. Young was named as the recipient of Georgia Tech’s Ivan Allen Alumni Legacy Award. 

    An inveterate traveler and avid pianist, he attends Mt. Paran Church in Atlanta and is a member of their choir.

    • 07 May 2015
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Richmond International Raceway - Richmond, VA
    Thursday, May 7, 2015
    11:00am - 1:30pm

    Location: Richmond International Raceway

    Topic: TBD


    Schedule

     9:30am - 11:00am Board Meeting 
     11:00am - 11:30am Registration & Networking 
     11:30am - 12:30pm Lunch
     12:30pm - 1:30pm Education


    Event Cancellations must be submitted in writing to:
    ceer@paragon-group.com
    Cancellation penalties do apply:
    Cancellation penalties outside 30 days from event date: $10
    Cancellations within 30 days from event date: $25
    Cancellations within 3 days of event date: No Refund

    • 04 Jun 2015
    • (EDT)
    • TBD - Richmond, VA
    Thursday, June 4, 2015

    Location: TBD - Richmond, VA

    Topic: TBD

    Speaker:  TBD




    Event Cancellations must be submitted in writing to:
    ceer@paragon-group.com
    Cancellation penalties do apply:
    Cancellation penalties outside 30 days from event date: $10
    Cancellations within 30 days from event date: $25
    Cancellations within 3 days of event date: No Refund

    • 20 Jul 2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 21 Jul 2015
    • 5:00 PM
    • Virginia Tech Richmond Center, 2810 North Parham Road, Suite 300, Richmond, VA 23294
    Virginia Chapter of Meeting Professionals International
    in Partnership with VirginiaTech
    presents The Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) 2015 Boot Camp


    July 20-21, 2015

    9:00am - 5:00pm both days


    Virginia Tech Richmond Center
    2810 N Parham Road, Suite 300
    Richmond, VA 23294


    Click here to Register

    The boot camp will include intensive sessions covering the recommended texts used to prepare for the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP®) exam. This session will prepare you to negotiate efficiently and effectively while maintaining a high level of professionalism. Participants will walk away with skills and tools to be prepared for their certification exam and show the ROI of their new skills. This course earns 14.0 Clock Hours (1.40 CEU credits) toward your CMP Application! 


    Cost (for 2 days): 
    $175 for VAMPI Members

    $200 for Non-Members


    Meetings and events account for more than $120 billion in annual business volume in the United States alone. Their economic value as an enabler and facilitator of business and policy decisions is far broader.* This is one of the most important and expensive areas in business

    Instructor:  Ann Buhl, CMP

    Event cancellations must be submitted in writing to:  ceer@paragon-group.com
    Cancellation penalties do apply:
    Cancellations outside of 30 days from event date: $10
    Cancellations within 30 days from event date:  $25
    Cancellations within 3 days of event date:     No refund


    **The information you provide is subject to the Freedom of Information Act guidelines.
    **Virginia Tech is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.
    • 12 Aug 2015
    • 14 Aug 2015
    • TBD

    Save the Date!

    VAMPI Annual Education Conference & Awards Ceremony

    August 12-14, 2015

    Location: TBD


    • 10 Sep 2015
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • TBD - Richmond, VA
    Thursday, September 10, 2015
    11:00am - 1:30pm

    Location: TBD - Richmond, VA

    Topic: TBD

    Speaker:  TBD


    Schedule

     9:30am - 11:00am Board Meeting 
     11:00am - 11:30am Registration & Networking 
     11:30am - 12:30pm Lunch
     12:30pm - 1:30pm Education


    Event Cancellations must be submitted in writing to:
    ceer@paragon-group.com
    Cancellation penalties do apply:
    Cancellation penalties outside 30 days from event date: $10
    Cancellations within 30 days from event date: $25
    Cancellations within 3 days of event date: No Refund

    • 05 Nov 2015
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM (EST)
    • TBD - Hampton Roads, VA
    Thursday, November 5, 2015
    11:00am - 1:30pm

    Location: TBD - Hampton Roads, VA

    Topic: TBD

    Speaker:  TBD


    Schedule

     9:30am - 11:00am Board Meeting 
     11:00am - 11:30am Registration & Networking 
     11:30am - 12:30pm Lunch
     12:30pm - 1:30pm Education


    Event Cancellations must be submitted in writing to:
    ceer@paragon-group.com
    Cancellation penalties do apply:
    Cancellation penalties outside 30 days from event date: $10
    Cancellations within 30 days from event date: $25
    Cancellations within 3 days of event date: No Refund

    • 23 Nov 2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 24 Nov 2015
    • 5:00 PM
    • Virginia Tech Richmond Center, 2810 North Parham Road, Suite 300, Richmond, VA 23294
    Virginia Chapter of Meeting Professionals International
    in Partnership with VirginiaTech
    presents The Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) 2015 Boot Camp


    November 23-24, 2015

    9:00am - 5:00pm both days


    Virginia Tech Richmond Center
    2810 N Parham Road, Suite 300
    Richmond, VA 23294


    Click here to Register

    The boot camp will include intensive sessions covering the recommended texts used to prepare for the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP®) exam. This session will prepare you to negotiate efficiently and effectively while maintaining a high level of professionalism. Participants will walk away with skills and tools to be prepared for their certification exam and show the ROI of their new skills. This course earns 14.0 Clock Hours (1.40 CEU credits) toward your CMP Application! 


    Cost (for 2 days): 
    $175 for VAMPI Members

    $200 for Non-Members


    Meetings and events account for more than $120 billion in annual business volume in the United States alone. Their economic value as an enabler and facilitator of business and policy decisions is far broader.* This is one of the most important and expensive areas in business

    Instructor:  Ann Buhl, CMP

    Event cancellations must be submitted in writing to:  ceer@paragon-group.com
    Cancellation penalties do apply:
    Cancellations outside of 30 days from event date: $10
    Cancellations within 30 days from event date:  $25
    Cancellations within 3 days of event date:     No refund


    **The information you provide is subject to the Freedom of Information Act guidelines.
    **Virginia Tech is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.
    • 03 Dec 2015
    • 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM (EST)
    • TBD - Richmond, VA

    VAMPI Holiday Luncheon and Auction Fundraiser

    Thursday, December 3, 2015
    10:30am - 1:30pm

    Location: TBD

    Schedule

     9:00am - 10:30am Board Meeting 
     10:30am - 11:00am Registration, Silent auction & Networking 
     11:00am - 12:30pm Luncheon and Silent auction
     12:30pm - 1:30pm Auction check out


    Event Cancellations must be submitted in writing to:
    ceer@paragon-group.com
    Cancellation penalties do apply:
    Cancellation penalties outside 30 days from event date: $10
    Cancellations within 30 days from event date: $25
    Cancellations within 3 days of event date: No Refund


Past events

19 Feb 2015 VAMPI CMP Recognition Reception
05 Feb 2015 February Education: Do it Well. Make it Fun.
28 Jan 2015 January Charlottesville Breakfast Forum: 2015 Meetings Outlook
08 Jan 2015 State of the Industry with Kevin Kirby, MPI International Chairman of the Board
11 Dec 2014 Holiday Luncheon and Auction Fundraiser: Members may bring a guest for free!
06 Dec 2014 EDMARC Gift Wrapping Community Service Project
24 Nov 2014 CMP Boot Camp
14 Nov 2014 November Education: Leveraging Social Media for Planners & Suppliers
07 Nov 2014 VAMPI Mid-Year Board Retreat
04 Nov 2014 November Charlottesville Breakfast Forum: Contracts!
01 Oct 2014 Charlottesville Breakfast Forum 2014-2015 Kick-Off
11 Sep 2014 September: Unlocking a Data Conscious Culture
13 Aug 2014 2014 VAMPI/HSMAI Annual Education Conference
21 Jul 2014 CMP Boot Camp
05 Jun 2014 VAMPI 2014 Awards Luncheon
13 May 2014 2014 VAMPI Board Retreat
21 Apr 2014 CMP Boot Camp
10 Apr 2014 April Education: ZOMBIES 2030! Taming the Most Challenging Conference Imaginable
27 Mar 2014 Charlottesville Breakfast Forum: March 2014
20 Mar 2014 Meeting Professionals' Industry Fair
06 Mar 2014 March Education: Quickfire with Bob Mellinger
20 Feb 2014 VAMPI CMP Support Program: “Committed to Making Professionals”
06 Feb 2014 February Education Meeting: Building a Legacy of Leadership
29 Jan 2014 Charlottesville Breakfast Forum: January 2014
09 Jan 2014 January Education: Virginia Travel Industry Updates
05 Dec 2013 Holiday Auction & Luncheon
12 Nov 2013 Charlottesville Breakfast Forum: Let’s talk about Food and Beverage!
07 Nov 2013 Speed Learning - Industry Roundtable Discussions
06 Nov 2013 2013-2014 VAMPI Board Midyear Retreat
28 Oct 2013 CMP Boot Camp
03 Oct 2013 Risk Management & Event Insurance
26 Sep 2013 Charlottesville Breakfast Forum: Discover how your fellow planners and suppliers expect to see 2014 shape up.
12 Sep 2013 True Innovation: Inspiring Your Audience
15 Aug 2013 CAMP VAMPI! Campfire Gathering (Guests Only)
15 Aug 2013 CAMP VAMPI! Annual Education Conference
29 Jul 2013 CMP Boot Camp
26 Jun 2013 Tidewater Breakfast Forum: Thinking Outside the Box
18 Jun 2013 Charlottesville Breakfast Forum: Benefits and Options for Advancing your Career
06 Jun 2013 VAMPI Awards Reception & Dinner
29 May 2013 Tidewater Breakfast Forum: Are you in the Business of being an Exceptional Business?
23 May 2013 2013-2014 VAMPI Board Retreat
02 May 2013 “Experience plus Education equals Success”
17 Apr 2013 EVENT CANCELLED Wine with VAMPI
28 Mar 2013 From Logistics to Strategy: A Journey into the Mind of the Ultimate Decision Maker
26 Mar 2013 How to Achieve the Perfect Atmosphere at your Event
25 Feb 2013 Used any cool technology lately?
21 Feb 2013 VAMPI CMP Support Program: “Committed to Making Professionals”
07 Feb 2013 “LET ME HELP!: Volunteers in Special Events Administration”
15 Jan 2013 Richmond Breakfast Forum
10 Jan 2013 Virginia Travel Industry Updates Panel Discussion
15 Dec 2012 Got Community? EDMARC Gift Wrapping Event
12 Dec 2012 "What's Your Plan B?"
06 Dec 2012 Naked Negotiating & Holiday Auction
13 Nov 2012 CMP Exam: What You Need to Know About the New CMP Application Guidelines
01 Nov 2012 Meet Like A Mouse: Apply Theme Park Methodology
23 Oct 2012 Risky Business: Planner & Business Partners Prepare for Contingencies?”
16 Oct 2012 Is Your Head Spinning? Charlottesville Breakfast Forum
05 Oct 2012 “Maximizing Attendee Engagement with Mobile Apps”?
27 Sep 2012 VAMPI Unique Meets Tour 5
18 Sep 2012 Mobile Apps: What’s it all about? - Richmond Breakfast Forum
13 Sep 2012 Working Professionally From the Road
23 Aug 2012 2012 Annual Education Conference